Articles tagged with: occupation

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

26 Jan 2011

On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, Israeli soldiers raided Beit Ommar in the afternoon and arrested 18-year-old Amar Abed Al-Hamid Abu Maria while he was eating in his home. Israeli Forces entered the outskirts of the village from the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur, at 4pm. Large amounts of tear gas and sound bombs were fired at buildings and people in this area of Beit Ommar.

Upon reaching the the home of Mohammad Abu Maria, brother of Popular Committee members Yousef and Mousa Abu Maria, the soldiers broke into the residence and arrested his son, Amar, who was taken back to Karmei Tsur. Amar’s family was given no reason for his arrest.

In June, 2010, Amar’s home was … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

25 Jan 2011
Israeli Repression of Beit Ommar Demonstrations Continues

On Saturday, January 22, 2011, Israeli Forces used sound bombs and tear gas to repress the weekly unarmed demonstration in the village of Beit Ommar against the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstration is organized each week by the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements and the Palestine Solidarity Project.

This past Saturday at 1pm, as about fifty Palestinians supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists, approached the settlement, Israeli Forces blocked their path and began throwing sound bombs and shooting tear gas. Several soldiers shot tear gas directly towards the heads of demonstrations, something that is against Israeli military protocol. Gas was … Continue reading

checkpoints, Hebron District »

23 Jan 2011

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Soldiers at a flying checkpoint on Route 60 north of Hebron shot and critically wounded a Palestinian citizen of Israel on Thursday night.

The Israeli military said events around the shooting were unclear.

Security sources identified the man as 28-year-old Jalal Al-Masri, and said he sustained a bullet wound in his head.

Officials said the Israeli report was that Al-Masri disobeyed orders of checkpoint soldiers and was fired on.

According to reports by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the military is investigating the possibilities that the driver either did not notice the flying checkpoint, or that he intended to harm soldiers and sped toward it.

Hours earlier in the northern West Bank, the Ya’bad Mevo Dotan checkpoint was closed and eyewitnesses said … Continue reading

Hebron District, Susiya »

20 Jan 2011

On January 17th, 2011, Israeli Authorities delivered home demolition notices to five Palestinian tent residences in Susiya, in the South Hebron Hills. The tents belong to the families of Ayssa Housena Al-Jobor, Omar Housen Al-Jobor, Ahmed Housen Al-Jobor, Ayssa Badr Al-Jobor and Omar Badr Al-Jobor.

The lawyer representing the families, Yasser Al-Jobor, confirmed that the occupation civilian administration had delivered the notices this week. It is not known when the tents will be destroyed and the families currently live in constant uncertainty.

Palestinian Bedouin villagers in Susiya and other communities in the South Hebron Hills face constant harassment from Israeli settlers as well as from the Israeli military. Residences and water wells are periodically demolished and these isolated … Continue reading

Arrest, Child Arrests, Hebron District »

20 Jan 2011
Israeli Forces Arrest Four Children South of Beit Ommar

At around 12pm on Wednesday, January 19th 2011, Israeli soldiers stopped four Palestinian children along Route 60, between Beit Ommar and the city of Hebron. The soldiers detained the youth, all of whom appeared under the age of 15, in an isolated area out of sight of the road. By chance, international observers with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) traveling in a car spotted the soldiers leading the children away and followed to advocate for their welfare.

Despite the presence of international human rights activists, at one point the youth were forced to sit on the ground in the stress position … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

16 Jan 2011
Beit Ommar Demonstrators Attempt to Reclaim Road Near Settlement

On Saturday, January 15th, 2011, about fifty villagers from Beit Ommar, supported by many international and Israeli solidarity activists, attempted to clean a road near the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur as part of the weekly demonstration organized by the National Committee and the Palestine Solidarity Project. Israeli Forces shot tear gas at the demonstrators, and forced the group to return to the village after a short time.

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The road the demonstrators were attempting to clean historically connected Beit Ommar to Halhoul and to other areas to the south in the Hebron district. However, after Karmei Tsur was built, the Israeli military does not let anyone maintain this road, let alone use it for travel to other areas. … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

12 Jan 2011
Army Jeeps Enter Beit Ommar Firing Tear Gas

On January 9th, 2010, at about 4pm, three Israeli army jeeps entered the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar from the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur. For the last several weeks, Israeli Forces have periodically raided the village at different times of the day. The reasons behind these incursions are unclear, as the soldiers make no arrests and seem to have no obvious purpose other than to harass residents of Beit Ommar.

During this particular incident, the jeeps drove through an area of the village called Al-Daher. The soldiers shot many tear gas canisters towards several houses and at nearby greenhouses … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

11 Jan 2011
Delegation of Australian Photographers Visits Beit Ommar

On Wednesday, January 5, the Center for Freedom and Justice welcomed a group of Australian photographers to the village of Beit Ommar. The group was taken to the Beit Ommar municipality, where they met the mayor of Beit Ommar and learned about Beit Ommar history and culture. The group was then taken to the area where the Freedom Flotilla summer camp was held.

The group visited the home of National Committee Member Mousa Abu Marya, where they discuss previous and upcoming projects of the Center about for Freedom and Justice. They then visited some nearby greenhouses, and learned about the Center’s plans to build … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

9 Jan 2011
14-Year-Old Beit Ommar Resident Released From Israeli Prison

On January 7th, 2011, Mohammad Awad, age 14, was released after being held for more than a month and a half in an Israeli prison. Mohammad was arrested on November 20th, 2010, during one of the weekly Saturday unarmed demonstrations in Beit Ommar.

The Israeli military wrongfully charged Mohammad with throwing stones. However, numerous eye-witnesses, including international and Israeli solidarity activists, claim that Mohammad was not throwing stones but merely participating in an unarmed demonstration in his own village against the neighboring Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. Five solidarity activists, all adults, were also arrested along with Mohammad but were released late in the evening of November 20th.

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Hebron District »

8 Jan 2011
Ma'an News: Hebron Man Executed During Israeli Raid

During an arrest raid in Hebron which appeared to target Hamas men released from PA custody the day before, Israeli forces shot and killed a 66-year-old man in his bed, in what appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.

Arrested in Hebron overnight were Wael Al-Bitar, Majdi E’beid, Ahmad E’wewy, Muhand Neirukh, and Wisam Al-Qawasmi , all released from PA custody the day before, following intense lobby efforts from the detainees, who had been on hunger strike for weeks.

A sixth man released, Mohammad Suqieyah, returned home to Jenin and was not detained during the raid.

The execution came during the arrest of Wael Al-Bitar, who was released to … Continue reading